Numeracy and Mathematics

Mathematics is important in our everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

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Maths equips us with many skills required for life, learning and work. Understanding the part that mathematics plays in almost all aspects of life is crucial. This reinforces the need for mathematics to play an integral part in lifelong learning and be appreciated for the richness it brings.

Curriculum for Excellence

In 2012 we purchased a new maths scheme called Heinemann Active Maths so that we were able to ensure delivery of the new curriculum. We have noticed that this new curriculum challenges pupils in their thinking, extends their maths knowledge and has raised the bar which pupils are expected to attain. We continue to work hard to raise attainment within maths, in particular we have been keen to ensure that pupils gain speed and mental agility as well as being able to apply the mathematical concepts they have learned in real-life situations. We discovered that pupils were very good at answering lists of sums but could not always use these sums in their daily life. We also noticed that pupils needed to develop greater mathematical independence. We are also developing a Maths Recovery approach.

Pupils will be introduced to maths games and stories while in the nursery and the scheme continues through the primary school. At times the scheme will be supplemented with other resources such as TJ Maths in Primary One and Heinemann Maths. The Active Maths programme gives pupils the opportunity to learn in a variety of contexts, individually using text books, as part of a group in games learning and interactively using the interactive whiteboard or the computers.

Our maths lessons are engaging and link maths with everyday experiences. Pupils may explore maths through their class topics or within short standalone projects. As the Curriculum for Excellence highlights: “Mathematics is at its most powerful when the knowledge and understanding that have been developed are used to solve problems. Problem solving will be at the heart of our teaching and learning”. The Heinemann Active Maths Scheme ensures that this is the case and teaches pupils the mathematical concepts but also forces the pupils to solve mathematical problems and to apply their knowledge of maths. It is when children are able to apply their mathematical learning to real-life problems that we know that pupils really understand the concepts they have been learning.

Pupils will develop mental agility, problem solving capacities and critical thinking skills.

Pupils will experience maths under three main organisers each containing a number of sub- divisions.

Number, Money and Measure:
Estimation and rounding, number and number processes, multiples, factors and primes, powers and roots, fractions, decimal fractions and percentages, money, time, measurement, maths – its impact on the world – past, present and future, patterns and relationships, expressions and equation.

Shape, Position and Movement:
Properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects, angle symmetry and transformation.

Information Handling:
Data analysis, ideas of change and uncertainty.